March Madness 2021: Times, TV, streaming info, odds for Thursday’s NCAA Tournament games

The NCAA Tournament is back! 

After a one-year hiatus brought on by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, March Madness returns as the First Four kicks off the action Thursday night in Indiana.   

Some intriguing matchups highlight this year's First Four slate. The standout is a matchup of blue-bloods as Michigan State takes on UCLA in a battle of No. 11 seeds, the winner of which will go on to face No. 6 BYU in the first round. 

Thursday's other matchups: Texas Southern vs. Mount St. Mary's in a battle of No. 16 seeds with the winner set to face No. 1 Michigan in the first round; Drake vs. Wichita State in a battle of No. 11 seeds with the winner set to face No. 6 USC; and Appalachian State vs. Norfolk state in a battle of No. 16 seeds with the winner set to face undefeated No. 1 seed Gonzaga. 

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Here's everything you need to know about the opening salvo of NCAA Tournament games (all times Eastern and all betting odds via BetMGM): 

Malik Hall (25) and the Michigan State Spartans take on UCLA in a First Four game Thursday. (Photo: Tim Fuller, USA TODAY Sports)

No. 16 Texas Southern vs. No. 16 Mount St. Mary's 

Time: 5:10 p.m. Location: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind. 

TV: truTV.

Announcers: Brad Nessler, Steve Lavin, Avery Johnson, Evan Washburn.

How to stream:March Madness Live, truTV, fuboTV. 

Odds: Mount St. Mary's -1; over/under: 133.  

About the teams: For more information on the Tigers and Mountaineers, check out USA TODAY Sports' full East Region breakdown. 

No. 11 Drake vs. No. 11 Wichita State

Time: 6:27 p.m. Location: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.

TV: TBS.

Announcers: Brian Anderson, Jim Jackson, Allie LaForce. 

How to stream:March Madness Live, TBS, fuboTV.

Odds: Drake -1.5; over/under: 141.5.

About the teams: For more information on the Bulldogs and Shockers, check out USA TODAY Sports' full West Region breakdown.  

No. 16 Appalachian State vs. No .16 Norfolk State 

Time: 8:40 p.m. Location: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind. 

TV: truTV. 

Announcers: Nessler, Lavin, Johnson, Washburn.

How to stream: March Madness Live, truTV, fuboTV.

Odds: Appalachian State -3; over/under: 133.5.

About the teams: For more information about the Mountaineers and the Spartans, check out USA TODAY Sports' full West Region breakdown.  

No. 11 UCLA vs. No. 11 Michigan State

Time: 9:57 p.m. Location: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.

TV: TBS.

Announcers: Anderson, Jackson, LaForce. 

How to stream: March Madness Live, TBS, fuboTV.

Odds: Michigan State -2; over/under: 135. 

About the teams: For more information on the Bruins and Spartans, check out USA TODAY Sports' full East Region breakdown.     

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